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Vitae patrum
Italy, Naples, between 1350 and 1375
MS M.626 fol. 105r

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1) John Calybita: Scene, meeting with Father -- At left, John Calybita, nimbed, tonsured, wearing monk’s habit, raising right hand and with left hand extended to book in extended hands of father of John Calybita, accompanied by mother of the John, veiled, and four attendants (with only heads visible).
2) John Calybita: Scene, Death -- In center, father, wearing cap, and veiled mother of John Calybita, embracing body of John Calybita, nimbed, tonsured, wearing monk’s habit, laying on draped bed, head on pillow, five mourners (three with only heads visible), gesturing, in background.
3) John Calybita: Scene, Entombment -- At right, within cross-surmounted monastery, mother of John Calybita, lowering body of John Calybita, nimbed, wearing monk’s habit, with wrists crossed on waist, into sarcophagus, his legs held by one of seven men.
Scenes in common landscape framed by two trees.
Illustration at end of Life of John Calybita.

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